NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Calgary Survive Without Mike Smith?
When goalie Mike Smith needed to leave the crease before the end of the Flames win over the Islanders, Calgary’s worst fears started to morph into reality. Smith has suffered various injuries throughout his career, the only knock against this all-star netminder.
The Flames will be tossed into the fire this evening, visiting TD Garden for a clash against the Boston Bruins – a team which has dropped only five games over the last eight weeks of action. Calgary’s defenders are among the best group in the NHL, but the entire squad will need to pitch in to help backup David Rittich fill in some big skates.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Senators at Penguins: Bet Pittsburgh Puckline (-1.5, +120)
- Flames at Bruins: Bet Boston SU (-195)
- Capitals at Jets: Bet Winnipeg SU (-145)
- Coyotes at Sharks: Bet San Jose SU (-230)
- Blackhawks at Golden Knights: Bet Vegas Puckline (-1.5, +135)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Ottawa at Pittsburgh – Bet Penguins Pucklines (-1.5, +120)
Pittsburgh possesses a significant edge over the Ottawa Senators, winning seven of the last ten games. During their last meeting, the Penguins beat the puckline in Ontario with a 3-1 win. This isn’t the same Cinderella Senators team which nearly toppled the mighty Pens in seven games during the 2017 post season. Instead, Ottawa won’t participate in the playoffs, while the Penguins remain the favorites to win their third consecutive cup. A -265 moneyline won’t produce much profit, so pick the puckline at +120 instead.
Calgary at Boston – Bet Bruins SU (-195)
Mike Smith battles as much as any netminder in the NHL, despite being prone to injury. Smith left Calgary’s last match with a lower body ailment, forcing the Flames to play backup David Rittich. Boston’s proven themselves as an elite team this season, climbing to three points from the Lightning for first overall in the NHL. Smith’s injury couldn’t have arrived at a worse time, as the Flames finally caught the Kings for third place in the Pacific.
Rittich is a solid netminder, but Calgary’s odds of winning plummet against a team like the Bruins when Smith doesn’t play. Expect a straight up win for Boston at home.
Washington at Winnipeg – Bet Jets SU (-145)
Alphabetically last in the NHL listings, among the top in their division, the Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets clash in Manitoba this evening. Washington dominates this matchup over the last half decade, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Jets. Both Winnipeg wins took place at the Bell MTS Place over the previous three seasons, showing a home advantage for the Jets. The Caps and the Jets play vastly superior hockey in their own arenas, so wager on Winnipeg tonight.
Arizona at San Jose – Bet Sharks SU (-230)
The Coyotes embarrassed the Blackhawks with a 6-1 beating last evening, hammering another nail into Chicago’s playoff coffin. Arizona’s unlikely to be as prolific this evening, but they’ll put up a decent fight against the San Jose. Nonetheless, the Shark Tank will put the Coyotes at a disadvantage, along with the fact that they travel to NorCal on less than 24 hours rest. San Jose should win, but the last couple of times these squads met were one goal games, so choose the straight up line over the puckline.
Chicago at Vegas – Bet Golden Knights Puckline (-1.5, +135)
Chicago holds all the disadvantage for this evening, travelling for their second game in two nights. Even worse, they’ll be playing in Vegas, where the Golden Knights draw a 19-4-2 record, one of the best home ice marks in the NHL. After losing four in a row, including a match against the worst team in the league, the Blackhawks have become extreme longshots to make the post season. Vegas should bounce back from a poor showing against Philly by beating up a slumping Chicago lineup.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Boston Bruins Beat Puckline Against Calgary Flames (-1.5, +150)
Boston already has four puckline wins in February, against the Blues, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Devils. Coach Bruce Cassidy has this team running on all cylinders, and few squads have the depth needed to overcome the Bruins. Calgary will miss goalie Mike Smith, who earned an all-star nod for his fantastic play this season. Boston has a great chance of winning by two goals or more at home against a backup goalie.
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